Category Archives: Cover Art

With a Huffin’ and a Puffin’ These Covers Will Blow You Away

[Above: Book covers for Puffin Story Books published in 1951. Gloria Freedman’s front and back cover (The Secret Garden) and John Harwood’s covers for Fairy Tales From the Isle of Man.] Four years after Australian paperback publisher Penguin Books had been … Continue reading

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From Backstage Girl To Lucky In Love

Pulp Fiction paperback publishing did not only happen in America. In the second half of the 20th Century an Australian pulp scene burned brightly with tales of jaded gunshoes, valiant servicemen and women, daring spies, violent youth gangs and bikies. The … Continue reading

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Welcome to Benvenuti’s Art

Gianni Benvenuti (1926-2005) was an Italian-born illustrator of children’s book. Both images are from ‘The Little Elf and Other Stories” (1960) retold by Jane Carruth. The book includes the following Hans Christian Anderson stories: The Nightingale, The Ugly Duckling, The … Continue reading

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Agnes Toth: From ‘Man in Cloth’ to Darkest Goth

Above: “The Magician” by Agnes Toth Contemporary artist Agnes Toth (born, 1981 in Gyor, Hungary) displays an inimitable style and with great story-telling ability.  Toth graduated from University College, Falmouth (U.K.) with an M.A. in Fine Art Contemporary Practice and … Continue reading

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Sometimes – Time and Tide Wait For No Man

 Above: Patrick Woodroffe’s LP cover design for Greenslade’s  “Time & Tide for No Man”. Patrick James Woodroffe was born on 27 October 1940, in Halifax, West Yorkshire.  He became a full-time artist in 1972; the year in which he gave … Continue reading

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Lotte Lenya and the Ballad of Mack the Knife

Portrait of Lotte Lenya by Saul Bolasni. The famous Austrian-born singer and actress, Lotte Lenya  was born Karoline Wilhelmine Charlotte Blamauer on 18 October 1898, to Catholic working class parents in Vienna. In 1914, she studied in Zürich, taking her … Continue reading

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Be Sure to Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair

Above is the cover design for Japanese ‘Rainbow’ Ne-Ne stationery note-paper designed ca. 1969. Japan has a plethora of smart pieces of stationery with both practical and sophisticated design elements. Japan is the design stationery capital of the world. Stationery … Continue reading

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The Story of Angélique and the Illustrator

[Above: Book cover for Angélique] These illustrations are from various dust jackets from the “Angélique” series of 13 French historical adventure books, written by the novelist duo Anne and Serge Golon known collectively as ‘Sergeanne Golan’. Some of the titles in this series … Continue reading

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How To Create Some Very Angry Penguins

Editors of an Australian mid-century literary and artistic avant-garde magazine ‘Angry Penguins’ were devoted to the cause of Modernism which was based on the movements of Surrealism and Expressionism. From its humble beginnings in Adelaide, South Australia, through to its … Continue reading

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The Foreman of British Illustration

British author and illustrator Michael Foreman was born a month before his father died, on 21 March 1938. He grew up in Pakefield, near Lowestoft, Suffolk, where his mother kept the village shop. He studied at Lowestoft School of Art, … Continue reading

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Fantasy That – It’s Hansson’s Magician’s Hat

Jan Ternald’s cover art for Bo Hansson’s album “Magician’s Hat”. Swedish musician Bo Hansson was born on 10 April 1943. He was best known for his four instrumental albums released in the 1970s. Hansson spent his early life in a … Continue reading

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‘All n ‘All – It’s Just Another Shot into Space

Japanese illustrator Shusei Nagaoka was born November 26, 1936. He is best known for his music album cover art in the 1970s and 1980s. He has received several awards, platinum and gold albums, several magazine articles, interviews and has been … Continue reading

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Adelaide Mallunnee’s Dark Art of Cover Art

  Cover artist Adelaide Mallunee has designed music album covers for a variety of neo-folk and neo-classical dark art music groups such as Anima in Fiamme (as shown in this example from their “Sub Occasum Solis” album). For those who are not … Continue reading

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The Proof of the Magic is in the Pudding

Christmas time is just as much about the food as it is everything else and no Christmas repast is complete until the Christmas Pudding is eaten. So, here is a little story about a pudding. The Magic Pudding: Being The … Continue reading

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Raymond Peynet’s Lovers’ almanacs are so intensely French

The witty and fanciful artist and cartoonist Raymond Peynet was born on 16 November, 1908.  His early career in illustration began with Tolmer, a commercial art agency in Paris, where he drew labels for fragrances and chocolates boxes, and progressed … Continue reading

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